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Research And Economic Development Accomplishments

Feb 15, 2018
Jacklyn Newsome (Life Sciences) successfully defended her master's thesis in the Schiller Laboratory of Applied Bioinformatics in December. She worked on personalized diets and a new single-cell technology called the GigaAssay. Both have been licensed commercially.  

Feb 15, 2018
Qing Wu (Environmental and Occupational Health and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) was awarded a new NIH R15 grant for $450,000 titled “Developing Model-based Bone Density Reference Values for African-American Women.” This grant earned a perfect score of 10.

Feb 14, 2018
Bo Bernhard, Brett Abarbanel, and Dan Sahl (all International Gaming Institute) recently returned from giving several presentations at the ICE Totally Gaming conference in London. Bernhard presented on responsible gambling and the future of the Japanese integrated resort, while Sahl presented on the design challenges of incorporating more skill into slot play. Abarbanel hosted the ICE Research Exchange — where academics from all over the world discussed research projects with business implications for the gambling sector.   

Feb 6, 2018
Innovation (Research & Economic Development), the university's research magazine, recently received a Bronze Award of Excellence from District VII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE Awards of Excellence showcase best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services, special events, and outstanding communications from districts across North America. The team members who produced the award-winning 2017 issue of Innovation are editor-in-chief Raegen Pietrucha; consulting editor Cate Weeks; art director S. A. Lien; photographers Josh Hawkins, R. Marsh Starks, and Aaron Mayes; editorial interns Alexandra Karosas and Rachel Glaze; contributing writers Tony Allen, Marian Alper, Afsha Bawany, Shane Bevell, Vaneh Darakjian, Kevin Dunegan, Caroline Funk, Sara Gorgon, Matt Keleman, Sean Kennedy, Kelly McDonough, Kristen Peterson, Angela Ramsey, Jason Scavone, Chelsea Sendgraff, Stan Smith, and Pashtana Usufzy; and proofreaders Liam Frink, David Hatchett, Zach Miles, Lori Olafson, Robin Toles, and Jill Zimbelman. CASE District VII annually recognizes award winners online and at the annual District VII conference, which will take place in San Francisco in March. UNLV award winners are listed online.

Jan 23, 2018
Bo Bernhard and Brett Abarbanel (both International Gaming Institute) recently spoke at the winter meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States. The council brings together gaming legislators from across the United States to discuss the most pressing issues impacting states and their gambling industries. Bernhard presented his research on how gaming jurisdictions around the world maximize economic benefits and minimize social costs within their communities. Abarbanel discussed the rise of convenience/cashless payments and their implications for operators on responsible gambling behaviors. The conference took place in Miami earlier this month.

Dec 4, 2017
Daniel Benyshek (Anthropology) and Sharon Young (Anthropology and Undergraduate Research) and colleagues published the first clinical trial exploring the effects of human maternal placentophagy, the practice of eating one's placenta after giving birth. The study, which was published online in the journal Women and Birth Nov. 23, was covered in Science news on Dec. 1.   

Nov 1, 2017
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) recently was awarded a $289,153 research contract from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The funding will provide support for an ongoing project titled “Socio-Economic Impact of the Integrated Resort in Japan and Evaluation of Nevada Gaming Regulatory Processes to Eliminate Organized Crime in Las Vegas Casinos,” which she, Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute), and Jennifer Roberts (International Center for Gaming Regulation) are working on.  

Oct 25, 2017
Qing Wu (Community Health Sciences and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) recently was awarded a $448,313 research grant from the National Institutes of Health. The funding will support a project titled "Developing Model-Based Bone Density Reference Values for African-American Women."

Oct 18, 2017
Yingke Xu and Xiangxue Xiao (both Community Health Sciences and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) recently received Top Young Investigators Awards from the American Society of Bone Mineral Research (ASBMR) for their work in Qing Wu’s lab within the UNLV Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine. Xu was awarded $1,000, while Xiao received a $500 travel grant. These first-year graduate students were recognized at the ASBMR annual meeting in Denver in September. They also made presentations at the conference. Their research with Wu focuses on the bone health of the U.S. population. The team examines mean bone mineral density trends among American adults as well as potential causes of the trends.  

Sep 7, 2017
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) gave a presentation titled “Insights and Trends on Esports Gambling” at the 2017 XLIVE Esports Summit in New York City in August. The summit brought together esports team owners, esports players, venue operators, tournament organizers, broadcasters, sponsors, agencies, legal experts, consultants, product developers, venture capitalists, and more to discuss and learn more about the rapid evolution of the esports market.